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Water sampling of local rivers is showing an acceptable reading and the local advisory has been lifted. Please click the link below to see results.
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Everyone who is at least 6 months of age should get a flu vaccine. Flu shots are especially important for pregnant women due to the increased risk of complications associated with contracting the flu while pregnant. Florida Department of Health has received several reports from around the state of pregnant women with influenza-like illness requiring hospital admission into critical care units. Influenza is five times more likely to cause severe illness in pregnant women than women who are not pregnant.
- Changes in immune, heart and lung functions during pregnancy increase the risk for severe complications from influenza.
- Pregnant women with underlying health conditions are at greater risk of serious illness from flu than their healthy counterparts.
- Influenza infections also increase the risk for premature labor and delivery.
The flu shot is safe and will protect both the mother and the unborn child. It will also help protect babies during the first months after birth.
FDOH reminds pregnant women of flu vaccination importance.
Who should get vaccinated against influenza?
On December 12, 2013, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported 10 cases of chikungunya that have been identified in people who live on the French side of St. Martin in the Caribbean. Further spread on St. Martin and to other countries in the region is likely.
Chikungunya is a mosquito-borne alphavirus that spreads through mosquito bites and transmitted primarily by Aedes aegypti and Ae. albopictus. The most common symptoms of chikungunya are fever and joint pain. Other symptoms may include headache, muscle pain, joint swelling, or rash.
Humans are the primary reservoir during epidemics. Travelers who go to St. Martin in the Caribbean are at risk of getting chikungunya. In addition, travelers to Africa, Asia, and islands in the Indian Ocean and Western Pacific also are at risk, as the virus is spread in many of these areas.
Press Release for Clinicians, 12⁄13⁄13
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The Epidemiology unit at Florida Health – St. Lucie County has noticed an increase in activity of reported pertussis (whooping cough). Pertussis most
commonly affects infants and young children and can be fatal (especially in babies less than one year of age and infants too young to be vaccinated).
Because of this, we would like to share some information regarding this
vaccine preventable disease.
More information on Pertussis (whooping cough) . . .
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